As we all know, our kidneys play a vital role when it comes to our body and health in general. For one, they eliminate toxins from our body and purify our blood.
These significant organs can sometimes lose part of their function and thus lead to toxin accumulation in our bodies, causing serious health issues. We need to always keep in mind that they are a vital part of our body and should be well taken care of.
Their main function is the ability to balance the water levels in our bodies. They do this by participating in the chemical breakdown of urine.
This is why we are always reminded to drink as much water as possible, because lack of water intake can lead to kidney failure in the long run.
Other main functions of the kidneys are to clean toxins, excess urine and salt, a nitrogen-based waste that is created as a result of the normal cell metabolism.
In order to be eliminated, urea is formed in the liver and then distributed through the blood to the kidneys. Another major function is red blood cell regulation, which means when the kidneys are missing oxygen, this results in the creation of erythroprotein, which is a hormone that stimulates the bone marrow.
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This creates more erythrocytes. In regards to blood pressure regulation, the kidneys need constant normal blood pressure. The kidneys need this to filter blood in the proper way.
In cases of low blood pressure, the kidneys are forced to increase the pressure. Playing hand in hand with the many roles they are assigned, kidneys are also responsible for the acid balance in our bodies.
When speaking of kidney disease, we need to consider various factors that lead to it. Of course, infections, hypertensions and diabetes play their own part.
Along with these factors, high blood pressure also plays a huge role that results in kidney disease. This is why doctors stress the importance of keeping a normal level of blood pressure. As previously states, hereditary factors may play a role in kidney disease as well.
Let us not forget the role alcohol intake plays on the kidneys. People who drink alcohol often are prone to kidney disease, as well as those who lack physical activity and overuse of medications. In addition, smoking can also contribute to these factors.
In order to spot symptoms early, you need to be very careful. However, the first of symptoms appear in late stages, when kidney failure is around the corner, or when there is excess proteins in the urine. Unfortunately, symptoms in the early stages go unnoticed until it’s too late.
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